Uncle Knowledge, Kuda Vana’s Assistant Administrator, wrote the following article about Kuda Vana’s computer literacy program.
In the modern world where businesses rely heavily on technology, computer literacy is an undoubtedly vital and invaluable skill. Having decent computer skills means that you can perform the tasks that competing candidates may not be able to. This knowledge can result in you getting hired over your competitors. Computers are also used in studies especially at university and college level to do assignments, researches, dissertations and reports. Entrepreneurs inevitably use computers to do researches, write and review reports.
With all the advantages that comes with computer literacy, it is difficult for most Zimbabwean children to acquire these skills. Poverty and lack of access to technology make it virtually impossible for many children to learn what they will need to compete in business one day.
Fortunately, the children at Kuda Vana are privileged to have access to a few laptops where they are learning essential computer literacy skills. We are currently working with a group of twelve young people. They have started learning how to use Microsoft Word, basic typing, inserting tables and pictures, and printing among other things. We will also ensure they are proficient in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and other basic program. Lessons are done on Sundays and the children enjoy them to such an extent that they always show up early. Most of the children are doing so well, a few are struggling but we are patiently helping them.
The goal is to ensure that when they leave Kuda Vana, each child is equipped with the skills they will need to be self-sufficient and employable in many forms. Some will go on to be entrepreneurs, some will go to university and others will begin families, but regardless we know we will have given them what they need to not just survive, but thrive.